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HDT Webinar to Explore Trucking Recovery from COVID-19

Pandemic lockdowns are easing and freight levels are increasing, but the COVID-19 virus is still out there, and it may take a while for the economy to recover. What does the future hold for our country’s economy and the trucking industry?

Trucking Loses 88,000 Jobs in April

More than 88,000 jobs disappeared in the truck transportation sector in April, a 5.8% drop from March, both the steepest drops on record – part of a record-setting 20.5 million job loss across the country, as the nation’s unemployment rate rose to 14.7%.

Freight Rates Plummet, Small Fleets Struggle

As stay-at-home orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic took hold across much of the country in the latter part of March, the level of freight available – and the rates to haul it – plummeted. This means many of the smallest companies that make up the vast majority of motor carriers are seriously hurting.

FTR: Don't Look for Positive Trucking Conditions Again Until 2021

According to FTR’s projections for its Trucking Conditions Index, a combination of drastic declines in freight volumes, utilization, and rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to the worst overall trucking conditions on record during the second quarter of this year.

Freight Volume, Rates Hit the Skids

While COVID-19 related demand boosted freight volume and spot freight in the first part of March, the latter part of the month saw a reversal, and April is looking ugly.

COVID-19 Economic Conditions Catch up to Spot Market

The pressure to restock grocery stores and distribution centers stripped by COVID-19 buying has quickly given way to a slump for truck freight. As March segued into April, the spot market took a tumble, according to figures from DAT Solutions and Truckstop.com.